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Johnny Kellock Died Today

by Hadley Dyer

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list price: $8.99
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published: Dec 2007
ISBN:9780006395348
publisher: HarperCollins
imprint: HarperTrophy
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It’s a long, hot Halifax summer in 1959 and twelve-year-old R osalie N orman has aguilty secret. Her no-nonsense, authoritarian mother has broken her ankle—and it’sall R osalie’s fault. But news that Johnny, her teenaged cousin, has vanished pushesthe accident from everyone’s minds. As R osalie and David—her strange new neighbour—search the city for Johnny, R osalie discovers something about the love and thesecrets that bind her family.

 

A refreshing and talented new voice in young adult fiction, Hadley Dyer hasreceived rave reviews, two awards and several nominations, as well as great sales forJohnny Kellock Died Today, her debut novel.

About the Author

Hadley Dyer is the award-winning author of Here So Far Away and Johnny Kellock Died Today, among other books for children and young adults. She worked in the children’s book industry for more than twenty years. To learn more about her, visit her online at www.hadleydyer.com.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Awards
  • , TD Children’s Literature Award Finalist
  • , CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Finalist
  • , CLA Children’s Book of the Year Award Winner
  • , OLA Best Bets
  • , Red Maple Award Finalist

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Johnny Kellock Died Today

First-time novelist Hadley Dyer has gotten it right with this realistic and intriguing story. Rosalie Norman is 11 years old, and the afterthought in an already grown-up family. Confronted with “the world’s oldest mother,” Rosalie uncovers family secrets as she discovers her own special place in the world.

Historical novels are often in danger of being too remote to be accessible, but Dyer does an exceptional job of drawing the reader into the community. The detailed description is vivid and entertaining, and adds flavour and a level of timelessness to the story, making readers feel as though they are in 1959 Halifax where the novel is set.

The character development is also strong in this novel. Rosalie is outspoken, sensitive, honest, and intensely likeable, and a thoroughly contemporary heroine. Her journey of self-discovery is one with which readers will easily identify. Tied in with her growth is the mystery for which the novel is named. Rosalie is frustrated in knowing that her family is keeping secrets from her, and in being treated like a child. She knows that something is going on regarding her cousin, but the grown-ups in the family refuse to tell her, thus sending her off on her own to unravel the mystery.

Also well presented is the lesson which Rosalie learns regarding Gravedigger, so named because of his job in the cemetery. Rosalie is unhappy when she finds out he’ll be working at her house over the summer, but as she gets to know him, their friendship forms, and she learns the dangers of believing in rumours.

Overall this is an excellent book. The prose is elegant and poetic, and Hadley Dyer certainly is an exciting new addition to a rich field of talent.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2006. Vol.29 No. 2.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Johnny Kellock Died Today

A fresh new voice sets her first novel in Halifax, 1959. As Rosalie searches for her missing cousin, she learns something about love and the secrets that bind her family.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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